BAY CITY (WWJ) – Madonna’s grandmother has died, three months shy of her 100th birthday.  Elsie Mae Fortin was born in Standish in June 1911, but lived in Bay City for much of her life. 

She is survived by four children, 36-grandchildren, 47-great grandchildren and six great, great grandchildren.

Fortin is remembered for her lifelong work with the Catholic Church. 

A funeral mass will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Parish in Bay City.

Comments (23)
  1. Patty says:

    Wow, lots of grandkids and a long life. RIP

  2. Karen says:

    Bless her heart ! too bad she didn’t live to be 100. May she rest in peace. Sympathy to Madonna and her family.

  3. S. A. says:

    Madonna,and her family were so lucky to have their grandmother for so long. God bless the entire family.

  4. IDAHOEMOE says:


  5. kim says:

    Mine lived to be 98. What a blessing. May she rest in peace.

  6. Rochelle says:

    Madnna who?Really who cares

    1. Tim says:

      Did you ever hear the saying?… “It’s better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt” What a FOOL

    2. Rosemary says:

      Rochelle you know you need Jesus!! yes there is a ROOT_CAUSE to your comment Try JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3. Annie says:

      Rude, your day will come

  7. Jim says:

    I don’t care for your music, or your politics, but losing a loved one transcends such differences.

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family. May Elsie rest in peace.

  8. rosemary says:

    May God be with you and your family. you have my condolances Grandmothers are special, just remember God called her homeand she’ll be alright. time is winning down so get ready so your can see her again. May God Bless you>

  9. Breed Much? says:

    99? That’s almost how many people she created directly or through direct offspring!

  10. Denise says:

    RIP Elsie. I’m sure your family misses all that wisdom that you had for them. They loved you but, God loves you most!

  11. Greg H. says:

    That’s amazing to have lived so long. My best wishes to the families. I know Standish, Bay City, + most of Madonna’s early stomping grounds well. Plenty of hard working good people.

  12. sherry says:

    elsie you are now rejoicing with jesus and the angles.praying for your family.hope they follow in your foot steps.

  13. Ms.Dorin Cobb Furman says:

    My condolences to you Madonna!, Losing loved ones is very hard, I lost my mother in 2007, my husband of 22yrs in 2009, my only sibling in 2010,and many friends in between,and I am only 46yrs. I have to tell you ,you have been a great inspiration to me since you left MI to start your career & still are!!!! YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF POP!!! I love you,followed you through out your whole career, and if I had the $ I would be volunteering with you in Malaway to help with the girls school,or if you had one anywhere,I live in Canton, MI and proud of you,my dream as a child & still is was to be a professional dancer and to I have volunteered on many things here where I live. I know the pain of losing loved ones, my mom died in my arms at age 84 & I could not bare to see her suffer anymore, My husband died suddenly at age 45,our 2 kids & myself woke up in the morning & he was dead, My brother also died un-expected, My heart goes out to you for your loss.

  14. Dorin Cobb Furman says:

    WOW, I just read some of the comments that people wrote, they have NO CLASS to say such horrible things , I am truly sorry Madonna for your loss & their actions especially on a public forum. Yes my sincerest condolences for you and your family and all those who loved and knew her, you have always been in my prayers Madonna, I love you!!!! I know the pain of losing our loved ones, I lost my mom she was 84years old & died in my arms in 2007, My husband was 45 yrs old & we were married for 22 yrs he passed 2009, and my only sibling my brother who was 52yrs in 2010, We knew my mom was going to die & there’s no way to “prepare yourself” my hubby and my brother passed suddenly and un-expected, My kids & I woke up in the morning & my hubby,their father was dead, and my brother I found dead as well. It’s hard and I pray you will have peace during this time for you & your family. I love you, Madonna you have been a great inspiration to me since the start of your career and you still are!!! I would love to physically help & financially help with the girl’s school & other projects you are in involved with ,If I had the money I would be there, unfortunately we had no life ins. on my husband & had our own business as professional Painters ,we had lost everything in 2005 at the tip of the economy when most of Corporate America was not yet seeing the start of the recession, could not file bankruptcy because we had no debt other than our home. We were a small company,sole proprietor so it has been a long hard struggle re-building my life, your music and dance gives me hope & encouragement!!!! My dream as a child growing up & still is to be a professional dancer and to help those less fortunate than myself. I pray peace,protection for you and your loved ones. I love you!!!! You truly are the QUEEN OF POP!!!

  15. Ming Le says:

    She must not mourn too much, she never even went to her funeral. It would’ve been a media circus weather she was there or not. She only gave her Grandmother a few hundred dollars a month to live on. That is sad considering she is worth billions. She did more for some shi%hole in Africa than she did her own Grandmother. Pathetic!

  16. jan says:

    how do u know ming le………………

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